Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, a former Charles County Maryland Public School instructional assistant and coach was arrested for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree sexual assault for abusing as many as ten students at his home, on school property, and other places.
Police began investigating Bell after a parent saw “suspicious text messages” of a sexual nature between Bell and a student on a child’s phone, according to Sheriff Troy Berry.
Bell told police that he is HIV positive. He worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as a track coach at La Plata High School. Police say he also worked at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough HS in Pomfret.
Bell is now accused of sexually assaulting 42 victims after officials originally identified 24 victims in July, Fox News reported. The Charles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a statement Monday that a grand jury indicted Bell on 206 counts.
“The ages of the alleged victims at the time the offenses were committed range from 11 years old to 17 years old,” the state attorney’s office said. Officials say that of the 42 victims they have identified 28 and are still looking to identify 14 of them. Adding that so far none of the victims have tested positive for HIV.
If convicted, Bell faces a life sentence behind bars.
He is being held without bond and is due back in court on January 8.